Google Chromecast (2018) review

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Warranty (Months) -
Release date 9-October-2018
Size 5 x 1 x 5 cm (2 x 0.4 x 2 in)
Weight N/A

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PhoneArena

The best device for streaming your media

from PhoneArena

With Chromecast compatibility at its highest, it’s never been easier to open a media streaming app like Netflix or Spotify, tap the cast button, and watch as your TV comes to life, imbued with your favorite media. Even better now is the ability to include your Chromecast in a group of Chromecas...More

With Chromecast compatibility at its highest, it’s never been easier to open a media streaming app like Netflix or Spotify, tap the cast button, and watch as your TV comes to life, imbued with your favorite media. Even better now is the ability to include your Chromecast in a group of Chromecast-enabled speakers, making your precious soundbar or home theater an easy-to-stream-to music player or a piece in a multi-room music setup.

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NDTV

The company's barebones approach to a streaming device feels a bit behind-the-times in 2018

from NDTV

This new Chromecast is definitely an incremental update — video quality is still limited to 1080p, and the performance improvements are quite minor. It is sleeker and faster than the Chromecast 2, but does not improve upon its design in any significant way. Google has not made a big deal about the Chromecast 3, and it's easy to see why.

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This new Chromecast is definitely an incremental update — video quality is still limited to 1080p, and the performance improvements are quite minor. It is sleeker and faster than the Chromecast 2, but does not improve upon its design in any significant way. Google has not made a big deal about the Chromecast 3, and it's easy to see why.

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India Today

Minor upgrade and affordable as ever

from India Today

For consumers looking for a cheap streaming device that supports, Netflix, Hotstar, YouTube, Gaana and so on, then the Chromecast is a reliable device to bank on as it primarily works through your smartphone. But that's also part of the problem as well. The reliance on your phone or laptop is sti...More

For consumers looking for a cheap streaming device that supports, Netflix, Hotstar, YouTube, Gaana and so on, then the Chromecast is a reliable device to bank on as it primarily works through your smartphone. But that's also part of the problem as well. The reliance on your phone or laptop is still heavy, and the lack of a dedicated remote remains an annoying issue. The Chromecast does not offer an intuitive menu, nor does it support casting of Prime Video, which will displease consumers in India where Prime Video offers a vast catalogue of Indian content.

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Tech Advisor

There's a new Chromecast in town, but not much has changed

from Tech Advisor

On the one hand it’s still one of the best cheap media streaming devices you can get that’s hassle free and easy to use. However, it’s not really any different to the last one so there’s no need to upgrade plus there are some better rivals out there at a similar price.

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On the one hand it’s still one of the best cheap media streaming devices you can get that’s hassle free and easy to use. However, it’s not really any different to the last one so there’s no need to upgrade plus there are some better rivals out there at a similar price.

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TechHive

Might not replace your Roku or Fire TV, but it can be a nice supplement to those devices

from TechHive

If you’re into the idea of Chromecast, the third-generation model can be a useful addition to your living room, especially if you’re still using the original. But if you’ve been clinging to a traditional remote, the new Chromecast does not prove that you’re doing TV wrong.

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If you’re into the idea of Chromecast, the third-generation model can be a useful addition to your living room, especially if you’re still using the original. But if you’ve been clinging to a traditional remote, the new Chromecast does not prove that you’re doing TV wrong.

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Deccan Chronicle

The same old with a better new

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The new Chromecast 3 is not a revolutionary device upgrade. However, it can be a great investment for those who want to smarten their existing boring idiot boxes. The addition of 1080p@60fps, 5GHz wireless band, multi-room speaker setup and Assistant voice control is a welcome upgrade, but the la...More

The new Chromecast 3 is not a revolutionary device upgrade. However, it can be a great investment for those who want to smarten their existing boring idiot boxes. The addition of 1080p@60fps, 5GHz wireless band, multi-room speaker setup and Assistant voice control is a welcome upgrade, but the lack of Amazon Prime Video, which is one of the hottest OTT platforms in India, is a bummer.

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Stuff

Google’s tiny TV streamer gets a tiny but appreciated upgrade

from Stuff

The Chromecast is an incredibly neat little gadget that allows you to watch almost all of your favourite steaming and catch-up services. It’s incredibly simple to use, clutter-free and comes with a bargain price tag

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The Chromecast is an incredibly neat little gadget that allows you to watch almost all of your favourite steaming and catch-up services. It’s incredibly simple to use, clutter-free and comes with a bargain price tag

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Mashable

Same as the old Chromecast

from Mashable

The latest Google Chromecast is still a good buy for anyone looking for a simple, affordable streaming option, but if you already have a second-gen model, you should pass.

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The latest Google Chromecast is still a good buy for anyone looking for a simple, affordable streaming option, but if you already have a second-gen model, you should pass.

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What Hi-Fi

Google’s little disc-shaped streamer gets a mild refresh

The Chromecast is a great product that’s clever on the engineering side but simple to use. Some might not like the lack of a physical remote, but that’s part and parcel of the Chromecast experience – and there are lots of options out there. The new Chromecast does little that the previous m...More

The Chromecast is a great product that’s clever on the engineering side but simple to use. Some might not like the lack of a physical remote, but that’s part and parcel of the Chromecast experience – and there are lots of options out there. The new Chromecast does little that the previous model didn’t, so there’s no need to upgrade if you’ve already got one. But if you’re looking to make an older, dumb TV smart in a cost effective and innovative way, the new Chromecast is extremely easy to recommend.

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Cnet

Hasn't done enough to stave off the competition

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If anything it still feels like an ancillary gadget -- it shouldn't be your main streamer, unless by necessity. Asking Google to play video doesn't work as smoothly as when requesting music, so this isn't the product we'd recommend to people buying their first streamer specifically for voice control. 

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If anything it still feels like an ancillary gadget -- it shouldn't be your main streamer, unless by necessity. Asking Google to play video doesn't work as smoothly as when requesting music, so this isn't the product we'd recommend to people buying their first streamer specifically for voice control. 

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